Posted by: Wendy | May 9, 2012

No news can be good news

What saddens me a lot nowadays is how I read the newspaper every morning, and the news is always bad.

This morning, I looked up the online Australian newspaper, and all I read was about people suing each other; people torching people’s houses, politicians misusing tax payers funds, people being shot, and people being inflammatory and racist against each other.

And it made me think: is our world that bad? Or is it simply the fact that “bad news” sells?

For me personally, I know that being ignorant of current affairs is not always a good thing, but on this occasion, I simply felt that sometimes ignorance is bliss, or in other words, no news is good news. Sometimes I just need a break from bad news stories and I find that turning a blind eye to the atrocities that are happening in our world can allow me to feel the illusory effect that the world is a happier place.

Ignorance can be bliss when the news is always bad

Why do we find interest in people’s situations of need? 

I just simply don’t understand how we find interest and comfort in people’s bad situations. It’s always the bad situations that are newsworthy.

  • Workplace gossip is never centered around how wonderful someone is – the word spreads faster when someone has been fired, or something bad has happened to them.
  • Similarly, the newsworthy stories in the media are those that are about bad things like houses being torched, or people shooting others.

On the other hand, there is so much good in the world that we can report about:

  • there are good Samaritans out there who save the lives of others;
  • there are people who have been given a second chance at life;
  • there are people who donate to worthwhile charities;
  • there are stories of families being reunited with loved ones…

There is so much good out there in the world, that simply reporting on “bad news” stories not only can make us feel down, but sometimes it has the potential to make us doubt that good is still happening out there in the world. That is a dangerous thing.

There is so much good in the world

Spare a thought

I’d like to spare a thought today for the people who become the subject of “bad news stories”. Sometimes bad things happen to us and we don’t necessarily want our bad situation to become “newsworthy”.

Sometimes we just want time and space to heal our wounds, but our situations become subject of workplace gossip or the public media simply because “bad news” sells.

I want to spare a thought for all those whose situations have been published everywhere today because of their bad situation. I hope that people will be kind and sensitive to your needs as you recollect your shattered pieces.

Thank you for reading my post


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